NFL: No ban, but fine mulled for Goldson hit
The NFL said in an email Monday afternoon that it is not considering a suspension for Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for his latest hit Sunday, but that league executive Merton Hanks is looking at the play to determine if a fine is warranted.
The NFL said in an email Monday afternoon that it is not considering a suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for his latest helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday, but that league executive Merton Hanks is looking at the play to determine if a fine is warranted.
A league source had earlier told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that a suspension was being considered as a result of Goldson's hit. Another source later told Schefter that Goldson will be fined a significant amount for his hit.
Goldson's hit on Arizona Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown was not as egregious as the hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles that drew a one-game suspension earlier this season. Even though his suspension for the hit on Sproles was overturned, Goldson was fined $100,000.
On the day his ban was rescinded, Goldson said he would try to play smarter.
"I know there are going to be a lot of eyes on me from now on. And that's OK. I just have to be smart," Goldson said. "I'm not trying to hurt my team, and I'm definitely not trying to hurt myself with the way I play."
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he doesn't think anything has changed with Goldson's play.
"Totally illegal, just like he always does," Arians said Monday in reference to Goldson's hit on Brown. "Obviously the money doesn't affect him. There could've been three in that game."
Since 2009, Goldson has been flagged for a league-high 16 personal fouls.
The Buccaneers (0-4) are on a bye week.
ESPN.com Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas, Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter contributed to this report.
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